Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Dec 2011 23:41 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The CrunchPad (and its eventual consumer incarnation the JooJoo) is often presented as proof of obviousness in the iPad's design. For the first time, we have an interesting insider view on this matter - Nik Cubrilovic was involved with Micheal Arrington's CrunchPad project from the very beginning, and has written a lengthy blog post about how the CrunchPad really is proof the iPad's design was obvious.
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RE[2]: Comment by redshift
by tomcat on Tue 13th Dec 2011 00:45 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by redshift"
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Apple proved your point by bringing a compelling product to market first., initially grabbing a lion's share. The problem is that Apple doesn't want to have to compete in an open market with increasing competitors so they are trying to close it down.

Well, on the one hand, you can see why. They lost the desktop market to clones. But, on the other, you have to realize that the iPad is nothing more than an integration of a variety of technologies that have been around in separate forms for the past couple decades. The design patterns aren't going to hold up. There's too much prior art and independent thinking to prevail on that. What Apple really wants is to just slow down competitors until its products reach a PC-like critical mass, where customers have become dependent on its application ecosystem and it has a lock.

That's not going to happen, though. First, there's nothing inherently special about iOS. Nor are the applications. There are no platform-exclusive applications that require the iPad. Most popular applications are available everywhere. The economics actually *encourage* developers to develop for multiple platforms. Second, Apple's competition is going to beat them on price, and the supposed differences in quality aren't going to matter. We're reaching a point where "good enough" will be able drive a market of hundreds of millions of units. Android is proof enough of that.

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